Pallister Budget Cuts Health and Education, Hurts Frontline Services, Undermines Economy

The Pallister government’s budget cuts frontline health and education services, hits students with a tax increase while raising tuition fees and fails to address the needs of families across Manitoba, Interim NDP Leader Flor Marcelino said today.

“This is a badly designed budget that is putting Manitoba on the wrong track,” Marcelino said. “Manitobans want a balanced approach, not one that shuts ERs, cuts the health-care infrastructure budget by 20 per cent and makes no commitment to new schools, gyms or labs for our education system.”

Pallister budget bad for Manitobans

No benefit for low-income families, increased taxes for seniors

Yesterday’s budget did not provide necessary supports to families, seniors, students, women, and low-income Manitobans, Finance Critic James Allum said today.

“We are deeply disappointed that this government is failing to be straight with Manitobans,” said Allum. “What is clear, however, is that the Premier and his Finance Minister are catering to stockbrokers and CEOs, not Manitoba families. And their secret private-sector audit sets the stage to justify job cuts.”